With the imminent arrival of Maurizio Sarri as Massimiliano Allegri’s successor, Juventus have started to plan their next season and the team they would give to the current Chelsea’s boss. Several players are expected to leave Juve this summer and in recent hours we found out that some assets that weren’t planned to leave the club, might end up doing it this offseason.
Juventus are open to selling Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic and they will listen to offers this summer. Mandzukic signed a new two-year contract with the club last April, but that doesn’t assure him he won’t be leaving the club in the near future. With Massimiliano Allegri's departure, big changes are going to take place in Allianz Stadium.
The Serie A champions are keen to reinforce every zone of the field and the forward line will be a priority for them. They will have to get rid of some players in order to buy new assets and everything points out that Mandzukic will be one of those who will be saying goodbye to Turin in the next weeks according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The former Atletico striker scored 10 goals and dished seven assists in 33 appearances across all competitions this season, which was marked by injuries for Mario, who saw his participation with Juventus shortened, missing a big part of the second half of the campaign.
Now, with Maurizio Sarri making his way to Turin this summer, the Croatian is expected to leave the club as the Italian boss already has a favorite striker in Gonzalo Higuain, a player Sarri managed both in Napoli and Chelsea. It’s well known that the Argentinian striker and Sarri have a strong relationship since he was the man in charge of Napoli when Gonzalo had his historical 36-goal Serie A season back in 2015/16 that earned him a big-money move to Juventus.
Sarri is hopeful to help Higuain recover his best version as he wasn’t precisely the best striker in Milan and Chelsea. Anyway, this doesn’t look like a very good scenario for Mandzukic, who has been linked with moves to Borussia Dortmund and the Chinese Super League.
Yet, if the 33-year-old striker leaves Juve, they would have to find another striker to complement Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuain, with Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa expected to take his talents to Allianz Stadium.